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Balmoral introduces new cable protection system solution

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Balmoral has developed a high performing cost-efficient patented cable protection system (CPS) solution named Balmoral FibreFlex.

The fibre-reinforced system mechanically locks to the end connectors removing the need to rely on PU bonding, which is unpredictable, while providing strain and stiffness levels that are unachievable using traditional solid PU manufacturing methods. These innovations also contribute to greatly increased fatigue life.

“Our technical and engineering teams have created a unique solution that is designed to provide maximum performance for life of field installations.

“Our system provides an increase in axial tension capacity by a factor of two while controlling axial elongation. It also increases bend stiffness by a factor of 1.5 allowing improved control and reduction in the cable’s maximum bend radius within a slimline profile.”

Fraser Milne, the company’s engineering and projects director.

According to Balmoral, FibreFlex’s long-term creep performance is a substantial improvement on traditional cable protection while bending and axial stiffness is optimized without having to qualify alternative PU materials.

“We are well known for our technical and engineering capabilities and our design team has created a unique system that can be deployed on most fixed wind developments.

“I believe Balmoral FibreFlex represents a huge step forward in cable protection offering improvements across installation, management and maintenance.

“We are seeing increased awareness and interest in the system which is already being used safely and successfully on a number of developments around the world.”

Ian Mine, sales manager for renewable products at Balmoral.

Balmoral’s 40-year track record of providing tried, tested and proven subsea protection products is set to benefit the global offshore wind sector with the company recently achieving the sought-after Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR) accreditation.

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